Oklahoma Christian University

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We are a passionate group of Christ-followers made up of educators, learners, seekers and creators. We are driven by missions - not just majors, and believe everyone has an important significance to this world.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Oklahoma Christian University
2501 E. Memorial Road
Oklahoma City, OK 73013

Website: oc.edu

Phone: 800-877-5010

Email: info@oc.edu

Organization details

EIN: 730555460

CEO/President: Dr. John E. deSteiguer

Chairman: Dr. Mark Brewer

Board size: 33

Founder: Dr. Harold Fletcher

Year founded: 1952

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 05/31

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


OC will be a Christ-centered university that's increasingly personal, innovative, challenging and missional where students, faculty, and staff find calling, career and community.

Mission statement

Oklahoma Christian University is a higher learning community that transforms lives for Christian faith, scholarship and service.

Statement of faith

Oklahoma Christian University is a higher learning community that transforms lives for Christian faith, leadership and service. The values and behavior of this Christian community are derived from the Bible, rather than the prevailing culture. Because we are a higher learning community dedicated to a distinctively Christian mission, we join together in a community covenant. This covenant is not a creed demanding strict belief in its veracity and inerrancy, and it is not merely an ideal to which we aspire; rather, it is a personal commitment that while we are members of this community, we will abide by the principles and ideals set forth in the covenant. The purpose of our covenant is to unite all of us at Oklahoma Christian University-students, staff, faculty, administration and Board of Trustees - in a Christian community which is based on biblical principles and which transforms lives for Christian faith, scholarship and service. We recognize that the University is not the church; however, we are a Christian community which seeks to be guided by the teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ as revealed in scripture. We welcome all students, regardless of their church affiliation, who agree to abide by this covenant. The University was founded by members of the churches of Christ and we seek to serve our church constituents effectively. Therefore, we expect all full-time faculty and staff to be faithful, active members of a local church and to fully embrace the principles of this covenant. Our Foundation- God interacts with this world as both Creator and Savior (Genesis 1; Hebrews 1:1-3). The Bible is God's inspired word, which shows us the nature of God, the risen son, and the Holy Spirit (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:19-21). We seek to honor God by imitating the nature of God and his son, our Lord Jesus Christ, through the guidance of the Holy Spirit (John 13:13-17; 1 Corinthians 11:1; 1 Peter 2:21). As members of this Christian higher learning community, we are guided by specific principles set forth in the Bible (Psalms 119:105; 2 Timothy 3:16-17). Our Call - God calls us to do our best in everything we do (Colossians 3:17; Colossians 3:23). God calls us to submit our will to his (John 15:14; James 4:7; 1 John 2:17). God calls us to submit to one another in love (1 Corinthians 10:23-24; Galatians 5:13-14; Ephesians 5:21; Philippians 2:3-4) and to show his love through the justice, mercy and faithfulness of our lives (Matthew 5; Matthew 23). God calls us to live lives of holiness (Ephesians 1:4; 1 Thessalonians. 4:7; Hebrews 12:14; 1 Peter 1:15-16). Our Community Life - We strive to honor the Lord and be Christlike in all of our conduct (Colossians 3:12-14; Titus 2:11-14). We strive to demonstrate love and respect for everyone, even those who have views that differ from ours, and avoid conduct or language that is demeaning to others (Galatians 3:28; Philippians 2:3-4; James 2:1-13). We strive to exercise our Christian freedom responsibly within the framework of God's word, humbly submitting to others (I Corinthians 10:23-24; 31-33). We strive to use wise stewardship of our mind, body, time, abilities and resources and make thoughtful, biblically guided choices in matters of behavior, entertainment and interpersonal relationships (Philippians 4:8). We strive to practice honesty and integrity in everything we say and do (Colossians 3:9-10; Revelation 21:8). We strive to treat our bodies with the honor due the temple of the Holy Spirit - honoring God's plan that sexual relations be a part of a marriage between a man and a woman, dressing modestly and avoiding any self-destructive practices (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). For the sake of our personal influence and our life together in Christian community, we also agree to certain community standards of conduct which are not specifically set forth in the Bible, but which enable the community to operate peaceably and in harmony with these principles and with one another. These community standards are set forth in the Student Handbook, the Staff Handbook and the Faculty Handbook. By choosing to be a part of the Oklahoma Christian University community, every member of the student body, staff, faculty, and Board of Trustees affirms his or her understanding of, respect for, and commitment to abide by the principles, and standards of conduct set forth in this covenant.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Colleges/Universities

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating136 of 8175 of 100
Fund acquisition rating244 of 81731 of 100
Resource allocation rating79 of 8171 of 100
Asset utilization rating402 of 81750 of 100

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$8,789,813$9,658,429$10,347,202$11,475,266$11,507,525
Short-term investments$6,452,707$12,396,974$9,383,798$6,884,980$6,007,714
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$25,799,944$28,692,451$27,065,915$24,410,416$23,200,430
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$63,016,245$59,183,555$61,610,520$60,685,778$63,909,572
Other long-term assets$37,670,135$29,924,477$33,372,462$40,380,975$32,781,445
Total long-term assets$100,686,380$89,108,032$94,982,982$101,066,753$96,691,017
Total assets$126,486,324$117,800,483$122,048,897$125,477,169$119,891,447
Payables and accrued expenses$4,842,951$3,682,888$4,032,931$3,921,179$4,136,469
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$4,842,951$3,682,888$4,032,931$3,921,179$4,136,469
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$11,158,347$10,638,586$12,989,344$16,893,515$17,252,263
Total long-term liabilities$58,082,981$58,443,226$63,265,269$66,891,095$70,130,872
Total liabilities$62,925,932$62,126,114$67,298,200$70,812,274$74,267,341
Net assets20192018201720162015
Temporarily restricted$24,987,345$26,102,353$26,476,044$23,429,544$21,617,806
Permanently restricted$20,134,563$19,742,070$19,998,057$19,824,742$21,273,435
Net assets$63,560,392$55,674,369$54,750,697$54,664,895$45,624,106
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$8,494,264$9,108,682$6,002,014$13,670,578$9,007,077
Program service revenue$57,448,872$59,894,178$59,777,066$58,969,587$55,404,621
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$9,448,867$915,249$443,796$819,074$1,852,072
Other revenue$1,048,095$169,858$292,589$208,577$66,978
Total other revenue$67,945,834$60,979,285$60,513,451$59,997,238$57,323,671
Total revenue$76,440,098$70,087,967$66,515,465$73,667,816$66,330,748
Program services$65,586,974$64,111,336$63,931,787$64,250,439$66,944,760
Management and general$2,122,157$2,389,990$2,312,899$1,918,594$1,893,835
Total expenses$68,738,268$67,670,723$67,402,655$67,395,180$70,109,839
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)$7,701,830$2,417,244($887,190)$6,272,636($3,779,091)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$7,701,830$2,417,244($887,190)$6,272,636($3,779,091)


John DesteiguerPresident$289,946
William P GoadChief Planning Officer$175,951
Byron NewberryDean and Professor$156,963
Richard Scott LamascusChief Academic Officer$142,681
Jeff McCormackProfessor$137,942
Lynn McMillonProfessor/Chron Staff$130,334
Stephen EckChief Legal Officer$125,942
Alan PhillipsChief Alumni Relations Officer$125,694
Jennifer GrayAssociate Dean$124,703
Mark BigelowProfessor and Chair$119,546
Risa G ForresterChief Communication Officer$116,921
John HermesChief Technology Officer$110,032
Neil ArterChief Student Life Officer$110,018
Terry D WinnChief Human Resources Officer$108,829
Jennifer RayChief Financial Officer$104,983
S Kent AllenChief External Relations Offic$87,173
William BlanchardChief Admissions Officer$83,702
Jeffrey DimickChief Operations Officer$34,845

Compensation data as of: 5/31/2019

Response from ministry

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 9/13/2020. To update the information below, please email: info@ministrywatch.com


What began in 1950 as Central Christian College (with an enrollment of 97) has grown into a comprehensive Christian university serving 2,200 students. Affiliated with the churches of Christ, Oklahoma Christian welcomes all students who respect the university's commitment to academic and spiritual excellence and who respect the academic and spiritual pursuits of their fellow students.

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